With the pears out of the way for the moment it’s time to turn to what’s become an annual ritual, pressing the apples. Unlike beer, I only get one shot a year at this. Loosing a batch of stout might be annoying but I can have another batch on the go in days, loosing cid/cys/er … Continue reading Cysing up
If you’ve not seen them before, the sheer size of a hop plant might surprise you. They’re woodland and hedgerow plants that climb and scramble to get a share of the light. Back in February I decided to really go for it and do full on hop poles. Turns out poles several metres tall aren’t … Continue reading Hopping about
It’s that time again! I’ve mentioned before the Orchard round the back of work. Our building’s on the site of an old farm that was at one point a monastery. The orchard’s recently planted but round the back of the buildings there’s a few patches of bramble and trees that clearly outdate the labs. I … Continue reading Pressing issues – a Nice Pear
It’s 2am, I’m outside staring roughly speaking upwards occasionally pressing a shutter button and listening for a quiet bleep. It suddenly occurs to me that this is more or less what I do for a job. Ok at work I’m facing downwards, the bleep is louder and it’s daytime but I’m still in the dark … Continue reading In which we don’t switch off
After the trauma of the last few months it’s been good to get away. My main criterion for places to stay is a lack of people, street lights and phone signal, though I insist on running water, some form of heating, a kitchen and walls not made of canvas. We’ve been off to a tiny … Continue reading Ryme and Reason
Well hello there. Before you go any further, this is going to get a bit sweary. You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit sparse on posting this year. I’m still tending my bees but other things have taken priority. Mum got diagnosed with cancer in March and before treatment even got sorted, she … Continue reading Art therapy
It’s that time of year when we have a bit too much chocolate around. I don’t know why people give it to us, we’re both staunch atheists and never reciprocate but why say no to some free stuff? Invariably after eating a bit we end up with loads of chocolate left around and cooking with … Continue reading Hare today, Scone tomorrow…….